Thursday February 10, 2022, 1 pm: Media School Meeting room (2nd Floor via Italian Staircase) with Hyunjin Kim presenting via zoom
Presenting Hyunjin Kim’s recent curatorial practice such as History Has Failed Us, But No Matter (Korean Pavilion of Venice Biennale 2019) and Frequencies of Tradition (Guangdong Times Museum, 2020 and IAP, 2021), the talk explores the history of modernization in East Asia through the lens of gender and the agency of tradition. Questioning the canon of the heterosexual male as much as it questions the West, this is also an argument over the many boundaries and borders of modernity that are carved into today’s aporia. In its critical understanding of the problems of the modernization process in Asia, the talk investigates how tradition is invented and generated in close relation to modernity and explores the emancipatory potential of tradition in Asia through a perception of gender complexity that goes beyond the canon of Western modernity as well as brings an attention to bodies are yet to be written as part of the history.
Hyunjin Kim is a curator and writer. She was Artistic Director of Incheon Art Platform 2021, the KADIST Lead Curator for Asia (2018-2020). She worked as the co-curator of 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008), and Director for Arko Art Center, Seoul (2014-2015). Kim has curated Frequencies of Tradition (Incheon Art Platform, 2021 and Guangdong Times Museum, 2020), 2 or 3 Tigers, HKW (Berlin 2017); Gridded Currents, Kukje Gallery (Seoul 2017); Tradition (Un)Realized, Arko Art Center (Seoul 2014); Plug-In#3-Undeclared Crowd, Van abbemuseum (Eindhoven, 2006) etc.. Kim also curated and wrote for the artists like Nina Canell, Nam Hwayeon, Haegue Yang, Jewyo Rhii and Seoyoung Chung, and commissioned performance/theater works by the artists like Sung Hwan Kim, siren eun young jung, Jewyo Rhii and so on. Kim was one of advisory for Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2014-2016) and a jury member for DAAD artist residency, Berlin (2017-2018).